Now that we're in Utah and have full cell coverage *at the campsite - so cool!!!* (and before we head farther north where I know cell coverage is non existent) I figure I'll post a bit about Rifle Falls State Park in Colorado where we spent 2 nights - each in a different camp site as I wasn't able to book the same one for both nights.
First - the campground is very popular so don't expect to get a site unless you make a reservation. The campground has only 20 sites so it's pretty intimate as far as state parks are concerned. That said, the sites are close together.
We had site 6 the first night which was a pull through and along the river. I think it easily is the best site there (short of the walk in tent sites at the other end, the last of which is the *PRIMO* camp site there - wow). The pull through on site 6 makes it one of the most private with the table and fire pit in a nitch amongst the trees (and under - perfect for when rain hits - not a drop we had as we were shielded by the leaves). Behind the table is a very short path down to your own very private swim hole complete with a sandy bottom in one area and a shallow area perfect for small kids, and a deep area for larger folk as well as some small rapids to sit in and soak.
The tree directly behind the table and over the path is perfect for tree climbing! Overall - a wonderful site in a developed campground for families with kiddos.
Now - the falls are a short (and I do mean short) walk up the road and are gorgeous! Some of the best falls I've seen in Colorado yet. Definitely worth seeing and poking around. And the caves - quite cool as well. Not as big as those at Craters of the Moon but still impressive and in to see. One suggestion - go earlier in the day. Noon onwards and while it's not horrendous you will have company around and on the trail.
But to escape the ripple you can hike the squirrel trail which is a fairly short hike that for some reason didn't have anyone on it! It's a hit more technical in mature but nothing a 5 or 6 year old couldn't do. A great lil hike to get away and see some neat sights.
I took some pics of the place on my iPhone and am posting them here. More of those that were taken on the nice camera will come later.
The second night at Rifle Falls state park, we stayed at site 11 which was a back in site at the end of the campground, right before you get to the day use parking. There are 4 sites down there that would be excellent for a group of good pals camping together but for a single family camping solo they're a bit close for comfort as you are literally eating and being by the campfire right by your neighbors.
Good thing we had some cool neighbors that night! Liz and Patrick were from Texas, on their way back home after cruising around Utah and Colorado. Before they headed out they wrote down a list of the BBQ places in Austin we needed to try when ever it down there and their email addresses. I'm definitely making plans to head south and we'll definitely look them up to say hi while there!
One thing to note on Rifle Falls state park - don't confuse it with Rifle Gap state park which is a short distance away on the lake. There is no comparison! We saw Rifle Gap on our way into Rifle for a few supplies before heading out to our next stop and were very pleased we stuck with Rifle Falls - even with having to change sites between days.